No Sounders games this week ... and no training sessions for a while, either. For now, these notes from the club:
Unbeaten in four straight outings, Seattle Sounders FC heads into the World Cup break atop the table and seven points clear of second place in the Supporters' Shield standings. The club is on a three-week break from MLS action, returning June 28 at D.C. United.
Sounders FC (10-3-2, 32 points) extended its lead atop the standings to seven points with Saturday's 3-2 road win over the Chicago Fire. Seattle has held the top spot for a club record seven straight weeks and remained unbeaten all-time against the Fire (6-0-3).
Obafemi Martins scored two first-half goals before Lamar Neagle netted the game-winner in the second half Saturday night, giving Seattle its league-high fifth three-goal game of the season. Martins' production has been consistent all season, ranking in the top five league-wide in both goals (8) and assists (6).
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Sounders FC has the week off of training before returning on June 14 to prepare for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Seattle will host PSA Elite (USASA) in the fourth round of the tournament on June 18. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash., with a live stream on SoundersFC.com.
After resuming MLS play against D.C. United, Sounders FC will stay on the road for the July 5 match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The next home match is set for July 13 against the Portland Timbers on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Tickets for Sounders FC home matches, including the Tottenham Hotspur friendly, are available now at www.SoundersFC.com and 1-877-MLS-GOAL. The 5-Match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field.